Apr 28, 2009

NSA/DHS Designation Recognizes Information Assurance Research at UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will be recognized in June 2009 as a Center for Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R). The CAE-R program, sponsored jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recognizes research universities that are centers of information assurance expertise. (Previously, UTSA held the Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education designation.)

The five year CAE-R designation is granted on the basis of a thorough evaluation of research and educational activities at the designated institution. The criteria an institution must meet in order to receive the designation include educational programs in information assurance and active student and faculty research in information assurance as demonstrated through theses, dissertations, publications, and research funding on topics related to information assurance. UTSA received the CAE-R designation based on the activities of the Departments of Computer Science, Information Systems and Technology Management, and Electrical Engineering and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security.

The CAE-R program was established in 2007 to increase our understanding of robust Information Assurance technology, policy, and practices that will enable our nation to effectively prevent or respond to a catastrophic cyber event. Students at universities with the CAE-R designation are eligible to apply to the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program.